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PM should apologise over SNP fine claims

I was intrigued to hear Theresa May claim that the SNP had been "fined for mistakes" over election spending when she was commenting on the Tory battle bus expenses scandal.

The Tories were recently fined £70,000 for election spending irregularities. In addition, Labour were fined £20,000 last year for not reporting national spending in the last general election and the Lib Dems were fined the same amount for not declaring certain items.

However, the SNP were not fined and May's comments prompted an Electoral Commission statement which said: "(We) have never fined the SNP for any breaches of the party campaign rules at any election."

We are, sadly, in an era of "fake news" and what the Prime Minister has claimed is blatantly untrue. She should clearly do the honourable thing and apologise for these outrageous claims.



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